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2015 - Mekong river cruise - Kampong Cham school visit

EARLY EVENING & THERE IS TO BE A PARTY ON SHORE

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HOSTED BY THE SHIPS COMPANY, TABLES WERE SET UP FOR DRINKS & FOOD & THE VILLAGERS ATTENDED ...

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SOME SAT IT OUT & WATCHED FROM THEIR HOUSES ..

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A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL I THINK, ALTHOUGH I DID NOT FEEL WELL ENOUGH TO GO ASHORE & ALL THOSE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN FROM ON DECK ... QUITE A WAYS AWAY.

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A MISTY START TO THE DAY ..

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KIDS ARE ASSEMBLING TO FOLLOW US AROUND ON OUR VILLAGE WALK ... TRYING TO SELL US SOUVENIRS ..

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WE GO INTO A SILK WEAVING CENTER & THE KIDS WAIT ON THE STREET ..

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I TRY A LOCAL DRINK .. WHITE FUNGUS, Mmm - MY FAVOURITE ..

THE GIRL ON THE LEFT HAD BEEN MY UNOFFICIAL GUIDE FOR A WHILE & NOW WE ARRIVE AT WHERE HERE STUFF IS LAID OUT FOR SALE. SHE WORKS AT ONE OF THE FANCIEST HOTELS AROUND AS A TRAINEE FOR THE PRINCELY SUM OF 30 DOLLARS A MONTH. I BUY THREE NICE SCARFS FROM HER .. & HER SISTER ON THE RIGHT.

THE MASSAGE GIRLS & THE BOOT CLEANING GUY GET THE SCARVES THE SECOND I STEP ON BOARD ..

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NOW WE HEAD OFF TO ANOTHER VILLAGE ...

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A STEEP WALK UP THE RIVER BANK ..

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A STROLL THROUGH THE MONASTERY ..

KIDS KEEPING A LOOK OUT FOR STRAY TOURISTS ..

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INTO THE VILLAGE .. PEOPLE KEEP THEIR LIVESTOCK CLOSE BY ..

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MEN MAKING CART WHEELS ..

KIDS GIVING THEM INSTRUCTIONS ..

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BRIEFLY UP ONTO THE ROAD & A DRINK OF SOMETHING COLD ..

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NOW WE ARE AT THE SCHOOL ..

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PASSENGERS CHATTING TO THE KIDS - NOT TOO MUCH WORK GETTING DONE ..

HERE'S MISS CAMBODIA 2015 .. & HER SISTER. TAKE YOUR PICK OF WHICH IS WHICH ..

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TEACHER TEACHING ..

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AND IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE WE ARE ..

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS HERE, THROWING BUILDING MATERIAL INSTEAD OF USING A HOIST.

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PASSING A SMALL MARKET ..

AND A PAGODA .. OF COURSE

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SHAKIRA'S SISTER?

AND THE STEEP WALK BACK DOWN TO THE BOAT. MAYBE TIME FOR A GAME OF SNOOKER & A COCKTAIL BEFORE DINNER..

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THE END OF YET ANOTHER ENJOYABLE DAY IN CAMBODIA ...

Posted by hasbeen 03:11 Archived in Cambodia Comments (0)

2015 - Mekong river cruise - Tonle Sap River

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STILL PARKED IN PHNOM PENH - THOSE PEOPLE ARE ON ANOTHER CRUISE SHIP DOCKED BETWEEN US & SHORE. LUCKILY, I WAS ALREADY ABOARD BUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO WENT TO THE MUSEUM WILL HAVE TO CROSS THAT BOAT TO GET TO OURS. THEY DID NOT GET ANY FREE DRINKS WHILE THEY WERE WAITING & SHOUTED UP TO ME TO SEND SOME OVER..

THEY DID ARRIVE IN TIME FOR THE EVENING SHOW GIVEN BY SOME YOUNGSTERS WHO CAME ON BOARD ..

HERE ARE SOME WARMING UP ..

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HARD TO PHOTOGRAPH BUT YOU CAN SEE THE CLASSIC FINGER MOVEMENTS ..

AND HERE IS THE END OF THE MONKEY DANCE ..

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THE BAMBOO DANCE ..

AND A YOUNG LADY RELAXING BY THE SNOOKER TABLE. YES - WE HAD A SNOOKER TABLE ON DECK.

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NOW WE ARE OFF UP A SIDE RIVER, THE TONLE SAP, NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE LAKE OF THE SAME NAME.

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IT WAS NICE TO BE BACK ON THE WATER AFTER THE HEAT & BUSTEL OF THE CITY. A BIT COOLER & THIS RIVER IS MORE LIKE I WAS EXPECTING. NARROW & A BIT OF A JUNGLE FEEL TO THE BANKS. NOT AFRICAN QUEEN JUNGLE BUT NICE ALL THE SAME

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GOOD TO GET UP CLOSE TO THE BANKS & SEE PEOPLE & PLACES.

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THERE'S A NICE LOOKING PLACE. BELONGS TO THE MAYORS UNCLE MAYBE.

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NICE HAPPY PEOPLE ...

ANY IDEA WHAT THE RED STUFF IS? ME NEITHER...

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ROGER! I'LL HAVE ONE OF THOSE, WHATEVER IT IS YOU ARE CONCOCTING ..

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SAW THIS A FEW TIMES, WHERE YOUNGSTERS PEDDLED ALONGSIDE US ...

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TIME FOR LUNCH & YOU SHOULD CHECK THE MENU - A MENU WITH A SENSE OF HUMOUR ..

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HALFWAY THROUGH LUNCH AND WE CAN STEP OUTSIDE THE DINING ROOM ..

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PEOPLE HAPPY TO SEE US ..

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COWS - NOT SO HAPPY. PERHAPS THEY READ THE MENU ..

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THIS SHOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRAVELING ON OUR BOAT & A LOCAL BOAT - THEY ARE FASTER BUT WAY MORE CROWDED ..

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TIME TO ADD SOME COKE TO MY RUM ..

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THAT WAS A THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE DAY .. AND WE HAVE OT GO BACK DOWN THE SAME STRETCH AGAIN TO REJOIN THE MEKONG. PITY IT WILL BE AT NIGHT ..

Posted by hasbeen 17:28 Archived in Cambodia Comments (0)

2015 - Mekong river cruise- Phnom Penh & it's Pagodas

STILL IN PHNOM PENH, TODAY WE SEE A LOT OF GOLDEN PAGODAS ..

FIRST THE RIDE THERE ..

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NOT GOT OFF THE BIKE YET, THERE ARE GLIMPSES OF GOLD BETWEEN THE BALLOONS ..

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OFF THE BIKE & A SHORT WALK TO THE COMPLEX ...

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AND WE HAVE ARRIVED ..

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EVERYONE HAS TO WAIT IN LINE ...

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WE DID GET TO ENTER MANY OF THE BUILDINGS BUT NO PHOTOS ALLOWED INSIDE .. LOTS MORE GOLD & SILVER INSIDE ..

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LOTS OF TOURISTS BUT IT IS SO BIG THAT THEY GET SPREAD OUT, UNTIL ITS TIME TO ENTER A BUILDING WHEN WE ALL GET SQUISHED TOGETHER AGAIN ..

IT'S A VERY PHOTOGENIC PLACE BUT SO BRIGHT IT IS DIFFICULT TO PHOTOGRAPH ..

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PAGODA AFTER PAGODA ...

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THERE WAS A MUSEUM VISIT AFTER THIS BUT I DUCKED OUT AND TOOK THE BIKE BACK TO THE BOAT

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IT WOULD BE BETTER TO GO HERE WHEN IT IS NOT SO BRIGHT OR EARLIER IN THE DAY - & IT WAS HOT, HOT, HOT.

Posted by hasbeen 03:53 Archived in Cambodia Comments (0)

2015 - Mekong river cruise- Killing fields & Genocide museum

NOT FOR EVERYONE ... THE TITLE TELLS YOU ALL.

THIS ENTRY WILL NOT BE APPRECIATED BY EVERYONE AS SOME OF THE PHOTOS ARE DISTURBING ...

I TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF NOT TAKING THIS TOUR TODAY BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, I DECIDED TO GO & AM GLAD I DID ...

WE DROVE THROUGH PHNOM PENN TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE KILLING FIELDS .. HERE WE WAITED FOR THE GROUP TO GATHER ...

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SEEN THROUGH THE TREEES, WHAT APPEARS TO BE ANOTHER PLEASANT PAGODA ...

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UP CLOSE IT DOES NOT LOOK SO PLEASANT .. HUNDREDS OF SKULLS OF THE VICTIMS OF THE KILLING FIELDS . I WILL NOT BE SAYING TOO MUCH ABOUT IT. YOU CAN LOOK IT UP ON LINE .. CHILLING IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT

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THE FIELDS ARE STILL LITTERED WITH PARTS OF PEOPLE ...

THE ENCLOSURE ARE WHERE SOME KILLINGS TOOK PLACE ...

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GRISLY REMINDERS OF ATROCITIES - OFTEN BY CHILDREN AGAINST CHILDREN ..

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INSIDE THE PAGODA NOW - I SQUEEZED MY WAY AROUND THE VERY NARROW WALKWAY THAT WINDS ITS WAY AROUND INSIDE .. BONES & SKULLS PILED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER, REACHING UP THE HEIGHT OF THE PAGODA ..

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ON THE STEPS OUTSIDE & TIME TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH ... PHEWW!

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BACK IN THE BUS - RIDING THROUGH PHNOM PENN ..

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NOW TIME FOR SOME MORE HORROR INSIDE THE GROUNDS OF THE GENOCIDE MUSEUM .. A FORMER SCHOOL USED AS A TERROR CAMP BY THE REGIME ..

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF VICTIMS ...

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF KILLERS .. CHILDREN INDOCTRINATED TO KILL ..

TORTURE EQUIPMENT ..

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THE ELDERLY MAN IS A SURVIVOR OF THE 'SCHOOL' ..

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A SHRINE SURROUNDED BY RAZOR WIRE ...

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HARD TO BELIEVE THIS ALL HAPPENED IN CAMBODIA BY CAMBODIANS - WHO I FOUND TO BE SUCH A GENTLE PEOPLE. THE NEED FOR SURVIVAL CAN TURN GOOD PEOPLE BAD.

NOT THE BEST DAY OUT I HAVE HAD BUT AN EXPERIENCE I AM GLAD TO HAVE GIVEN MYSELF ..

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2015 - Mekong river cruise - Crossing Into Cambodia

A QUIET DAY ON THE RIVER TODAY ...

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PEOPLE HAPPY TO SEE US FLOAT BY ...

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A BIT OF ACTIVITY ..

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CUTE GIRLS ....

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COMING UP TO THE BORDER NOW - NOT A SOLE ON DECK ...

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HERE WE ARE AT THE BORDER. WE SIT OURT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIVER WHILE OUR PASSPORTS GO ASHORE FOR THE FORMALITIES .. TAKES A LITTLE WHILE BUT IMMIGRATION DOES NOT COME ANY LESS STRESSFUL

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THE SUN GOES DOWN & WE ARE TREATED TO A SHOW BY SOME OF THE CREW ON HOW TO PUT ON TRADITIONAL CLOTHES.

THIS IS THE LOVELY SREY LEAK, ONE OF THE WAITERS IN THE RESTAURANT .. BYE THE BYE - THE BOAT SERVES COMPLIMENTARY BEER & SPIRITS BUT NOT WINE, EXCEPT WINE IS OFFERED - AT BREAKFAST.

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TWO OF THE GUESTS IN BETWEEN TWO CREW

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AND THAT'S THAT FOR VIETNAM - NOW TO SEE WHAT CAMBODIA HAS IN STORE ..

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2015 - Mekong river cruise - An unusual village on the river

ONCE AGAIN WE DO NOT DOCK BUT THE SMALL BOATS STRAIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER ..

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WE ARE ABOUT TO LAND HERE & SEE THE REASON THIS IS AN UNUSUAL VILLAGE FOR VIETNAM - IT IS MAINLY OCCUPIED BY MUSLIMS ...

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HERE THE KIDS ARE PLAYING A FORM OF MARBLES ..

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THERE ARE QUITE A LOT OF SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES HERE & I BOUGHT SOME CANDY & A BEAUTIFUL SCARF. I TURNED AROUND AND GAVE THE SCARF TO ONE OF THE YOUNG GIRLS .. BUT I ATE THE CANDY ..

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THESE GIRLS FOLLOWED US THROUGH THE VILLAGE TRYING TO SELL THINGS, BUT QUITE GENTLY, NO HARD SELL.

HOUSES ARE ON STILTS TO GET ABOVE THE FLOOD LEVEL HERE & THE RIVER CAN BE SEEN IN THE DISTANCE ..

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OUR WALK CONTINUED PAST WHERE LADIES WERE PREPARING FOOD ...

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AND UP SOME STAIRS & WE WERE OUT OF THE VILLAGE & ONTO A BUSY STREET ..

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BACK DOWN SOME STAIRS & WE HEAD BACK TO THE BOAT THROUGH THE VILLAGE AGAIN ..

THE RIVER IS UP THIS HIGH AT TIMES ..

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WE FOLLOW THIS LADY TO THE RICKETY BRIDGE WE CROSSED ON THE WAY INTO & NOW OUT OF THE VILLAGE ..

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BACK ON THE RIVER WE HEAD FOR A FISH FARM .. THERE ARE FISH UNDER THE GRATE ..

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A STRANGE LITTLE PLACE - ALMOST OUT OF PLACE IN VIETNAM .. QUITE INTERESTING THOUGH & I MANAGED NOT TO FALL OF THE BRIDGE ..

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2015 - Mekong river cruise - Beginning in Saigon


View 2015 PADMA - MEKONG, ANGOR WATT TO SAIGON on hasbeen's travel map.

IT WAS A BIT OF A RUSH FROM SINGAPORE TO SAIGON BUT I ARRVED IN PLENTY OF TIME.

THE TAXI PEOPLE AT THE AIRPORT WHISKED ME STRAIGHT TO A TAXI & IT WAS A FAST RIDE THROUGH THE MANIC TRAFFIC TO THE HOTEL. WE BRUSHED AGAINST A COUPLE ON A SCOOTER BUT EVERYONE EXCEPT ME SEEMED TO THINK IT WAS AS NATURAL AS BREATHING.

I WAS ONLY AT THE HOTEL FOR A FEW HOURS AS THE CRUISE GROUP GATHERED FOR THE BUS RIDE TO THE BOAT.

HERE'S LOOKING DOWN ON THE HOTEL FOYER - CHINESE NEW YEAR ...

THIS PART OF MY TRIP IS A PANDAW RIVER CRUISE ON THE MEKONG PANDAW FROM CLOSE TO THE SEA IN VIETNAM TO NEAR SIEM REAP IN CAMBODIA.

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A QUICK RIDE THROUGH SAGON ...

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AND OUT INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE ...

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ONLY A BIT OVER AN HOUR TO THE PANDAW BOAT, DOCKED AT MY THO .. AT THE EDGE OF THE MEKONG DELTA

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AND BEFORE WE KNEW IT WE WERE OFF ALONG THE MEKONG ..

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THE FIRST EVENING WE WERE TREATED TO SOME LOCAL MUSIC ON DECK .. WITH ROGER HERE SERVING COMPLIMENTARY BOOZE

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ROGER -STILL HARD AT IT ...

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THE FOLLOWING MORNING WE HAVE BREAKFAST IN THE MOST EXCELLENT DINING ROOM & THEN BOARD ONE OF TWO SMALL BOATS FOR A RIDE TO THE VILLAGE OF CAI BAI ...

HERE ARE TWO OF OUR GUIDES FOR THE DAY ..

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I THINK THESE LADIES ARE LOCAL TAXI DRIVERS ..

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LOTS OF NICE RIVER TRAFFIC TO SEE BEFORE WE STEP ON LAND ...

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HERE WE ARE ABOUT TO LAND ..

AND LANDED ..

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WE GET TO SEE SOME LOCAL ARTISTS AT WORK ..

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THAT MIGHT BE A STILL FOR RICE WINE .. WHICH WE ARE OFFERED A TASTE OF ..

BUT THIS IS DEFINITELY SNAKE WINE ...

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THE YOUNG GUIDE DID NOT HAVE A TASTE BUT I TRIED THEM BOTH. QUITE TASTY. A BIT LIKE A SPANISH BRANDY. CHEAP & CHEERFUL.

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THIS LADY IS MAKING RICE PAPER ..

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SNAKE WINE FOR SALE - NOT WINE REALLY, MORE A SPIRIT ..

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ONE OF THE PADAW CREW ARE ALWAYS WITH US WITH A FIRST AID BAG & THESE MEN ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOK OUT TO KEEP THEIR GUESTS SAFE ..

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BOTTLED SNAKES & SCORPIONS ..

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NOW WE ARE OFF LAND & BACK TOWARDS THE BOAT ..

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A BIT OF A TRAFIC JAM - TAXI DRIVERS, THE SAME THE WORLD OVER ..

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HERE WE GOT A BIT STUCK IN THE WATER HYACINTH .. WHICH I UNDERSTOOD TO BE A PROBLEM PLANT BUT EVERYONE HERE THINKS IS OK. EVERY PART OF IT GETS USED FOR SOMETHING.

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SUNSET COMES EARLY & FAST ..

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FERRIES KEEP GOING & FISHERMEN KEEP FISHING ..

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WIERD COLOURS ON THE WATER & THAT'S THE END OF OUR FIRST FULL DAY ON THE MEKONG.

IF YOU ARE AROUND GILLETE, WYOMING & READING THIS, I SEE YOU HAVE SPENT A WHILE READING MY MYANMAR STUFF, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT AS I AM INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU THINK OF MY ENTRIES HERE.

IF YOU OR ANYONE ELSE ARE INTERESTED IN THE REST OF THIS TRIP YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO E MAIL NOTIFCATIONS. AS FAR AS I KNOW IT DOES NOT OPEN YOU UP TO SPAM & JUNK MAIL.

Posted by hasbeen 08:39 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

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